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No, this isn’t anything to do with Microsoft. The subject for the monthly online competition for October was “Windows” and it attracted a decent number of entries. The subjects were varied, but the beauty of old, stained glass windows held most members’ interest and it is easy to see why. Peter Wells had the job of judging this month and his words of wisdom and the gallery is below.

Here we go:
First – Ripon Cathedral
I was just blown away with the quality of this image. Its pin sharp everywhere, absolutely symmetrical, great colours and perfectly exposed both for the window and the internal statues – no mean feat. There is no distortion at the edges whatsoever. Every single piece of the stained glass is spot on. A fabulous piece of work – well done!
Second – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – Milan
Another beautifully taken shot. I especially like the symmetry and the shapes of the circular main window and those of the side wings. I might have eased off the saturation a touch though of the yellow walls. Pin sharp and perfectly exposed. Looks like they could do with a window cleaner pretty soon though!
Third – Tea in the Window
This made me chuckle. Its well seen and the subjects’ expressions are great. Another second or two and the image would have been lost. This would have been a great image for a caption competition wouldn’t it. Again nicely exposed, not easy when you are shooting a subject through glass.
Highly Commended – BHS vs Wakefield Cathedral
This was very tight and very nearly bagged Third Place. A lovely shot but in the end I just preferred the subject of the ladies.
So there you have it. The online is over for October but November’s is up and running and the theme for November is “Lights Nights”. This will include all the sessions we have had with John Gardner plus the “Table Top” evening of the 27th October. Get your entries in by midnight on the 20th of November.

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